To the Editor:
MEIR Soloveichik’s January column helps to put President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in proper perspective (“The Builders and Founders of the City”). If history were properly understood, Europeans would be among the most understanding people when it comes to the need for national recognition. Berlin, of course, was split in two, and St. Petersburg was, for a time, the awful Leningrad. But the free world celebrated the eventual unification of Germany, the collapse of the Soviet empire, and the restoration of proper capitals.
It is a bitter irony that many of those who celebrated those changes now refuse to acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. The lack of European support for Jerusalem marks a triumph of the secular over the sacred. But in recognizing Jerusalem, Trump was not persuaded by so-called world opinion, and Rabbi Soloveichik rightly acknowledges his actions.